RESUMES OFFICE: Chief of Staff Gambari in virtual FEC meeting with Buhari, Osinbajo, SGF in Aso Rock

Professor Ibrahim Gambari attending the virtual FEC meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SGF Boss Mustapha, and others in his first official assignment as the Chief of Staff

Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the newly appointed Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhamadu Buhari, began his official engagement on Wednesday, with his attendance of the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting.

President Muhammadu Bubari, had on Wednesday, presided over a virtual FEC meeting with the Vice Presidet, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the new CoS, Prof Gambari, and a few other cabinet members in physical attendance at the Council chambers.

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Ministers and other members of FEC would could not be physically present hooked up with the President thorough a video teleconferencing.

The SGF, Mustapha, had formally announced the appointment of Prof Gambari as the new Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s Buhari, on his arrival to the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday.

The United Nations former diplomat, Gambari, is now occupying the exalted political office as a replacement to the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who died on April 17, 2020, after suffering complications from COVID-19 infection.

Gambari, the former Under-Secretary of the UN, arrived the Presidential Villa about 10.53 a.m. Wednesday and was welcomed by the State House Permanent Secretary, Mr Tijani Umar.

Some senior presidency directors were also seen in a video accompanying Umar to welcome Gambari, as he was subsequently screened for COVID-19, on arrival.

Gambari’s temperature was checked with a hand-held thermometer, and he later used hand sanitiser, before he was ushered into the main building.

The news had broken out on Tuesday that former Minister of External Affairs had been appointed as the new Chief of Staff to the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to replace the late Abba Kyari.